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Infrared Imager Based on a Novel Thermal-to-Visible Transducer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0260
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0316
Amount: $749,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-003
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-09-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-03-30
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 106771140
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 547-1122
Business Contact
 Jonah Jacob
Title: President
Phone: (617) 547-1122
Research Institution

Science Research Laboratory (SRL) proposes to develop a novel uncooled thermal-to-visible transducer (TVT) that will revolutionize long-wavelength-infrared (LWIR) imaging. This new instrument is characterized by (1) lower power consumption and heating than existing IR bolometers; (2) immunity to image retention; (3) potential for a curved focal-plane array that can increase instrument sensitivity; (4) infrequent recalibration—a result of less heating; (5) the incorporation of standard CCD arrays, making operation vastly simpler than that of conventional IR cameras; (6) an intrinsic capability of hardening to >1000 g on all three axes; (7) excellent sensitivity (NETD 5-40 mK); (8) a revolutionarily low cost of $20-$40 for the sensor module and $300 for the camera, many times less expensive than existing instruments; (8) Potential for fusion of visible and thermal IR images, the two images being automatically registered and boresighted. In Phase II SRL will fabricate requisite structures and use them to conduct proof-of-principle demonstrations of the technology.

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